Famous Faces and Facing Up

To start, Ralph and I had the chance to spend most of Friday with his wonderful Sister, Maddie and her terrific husband, George.  We always say when we go to the family lunches that we just don’t have the time to spend with them.  We corrected that on Friday.  We got to their house at about 1pm and didn’t leave until almost 8pm.  It was great!  They took us out to lunch and then back to their house for coffee and dessert.



I think this is a great photo!  We had such a good time and hope to do it again soon.

Because of that lunch out…eating a little more than I would ordinarily on a Friday, when I got to Weight Watchers Saturday morning, I had gained a half pound.  It didn’t bother me very much because of Friday’s lunch out and because I’m just feeling very strong at the moment when it comes to Weight Watchers.  It’s a great feeling.

Another great feeling is having a special guest come to visit at our WW meeting…



Surprise!  It’s Santa!  Our leader Marylou and our member John who is one of Santa’s Helpers.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

John is pretty amazing.  Since joining WW he has lost 83 pounds and had to have a new suit made that gives him the bowl full of jelly he no longer has on his own! He such a nice man.



He told us the story of his “special” key.  It only works on Christmas Eve and allows Santa to get into any house that doesn’t have a chimney or a fireplace. This Santa’s Helper takes his job very seriously.  He wasn’t able to come to last weeks meeting because…hey, he was a little busy!  We were all happy to see him yesterday!

There were several good deals on Saturday…one of them was this…


I wanted a nice big mug to use that was for winter but not Christmas.  Found these at Big Lots at 50% off…cost me $1.50 each!  I love cardinals, they always remind me of my Mom.

I have a lot of Goal Setting and Wrapping Up to do in the next few days.  I really need to sit myself down and do some serious thinking.  I have seen one thing on several blogs and on Facebook that I would like to do for the New Year.



Jar of Gratitude


I really like this idea and will start it on New Year’s Day, maybe even New Year’s Eve.



Here’s my jar!  I think it’s too big to be  a quart, it might be a half-gallon, I’m not sure.  But it’s one of the old Ball Mason jars I’ve collected over the years.  I love them and I thought it would be appropriate.  Since it’s so large, it will leave lots of room for gratitude.  😉  I like the idea a lot.

I’m off to have a hopefully productive day.  Lots to do.  The sun is shining brightly and I sure hope it warms up!

Happy Sunday! Use the day well!!

14 responses to “Famous Faces and Facing Up

  1. That jar idea is great! It might be a good project for me and the kids. 🙂

    I hope you have a productive day! 🙂

  2. 2012 comes to an end, keep posting my friend

  3. This is a great idea which I think I’m going to try.

  4. I like your idea of an “empty jar”. The inspiration of an empty jar at the beginning of the year.

  5. what a GREAT new year’s idea!! so glad you had a wonderful visit with maddie and george, too.
    fran, you know me and cardinals – my eyes lit up when i saw your mug here!! love it!

    • Thanks, Cathy! As I said, I saw it on someone else’s blog and shamelessly stole it. But I really think it’s a good idea to share. Knew you’d love the cardinals. I love a nice big cup of coffee or tea so these are perfect!

  6. Love that you got to see Santa! And that he had to have a special suit made to get his jiggle. Awesome!

    The mug is cute. And I always love a great deal.

  7. I love the comment jar idea. Thanks for sharing Fran.

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